Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Clams in Spicy Salame Sauce

Last Saturday, while I was waiting for the Italian Folk to get kids dressed, adults fed and beds made,before going shopping, I came across a gorgeous Recipe by the adorable Claudia from the Journey of an Italian Cook.
I couldn't stop drooling! The recipe sounded amazing so I told the Italian Folk that I just had to have clams as soon as possible.

Off we went to the huge supermarket.
I love supermarkets in Italy, not only because they have such an enormous variety of fresh food (there is only one aisle for frozen food, while in the UK, the frozen food section usually takes up almost half of the supermarket) but because the people who work at the fresh fish and meat counter, really are experts in the field.
What I love even more is that they always, and I  mean always, give you a recipe and suggest the best cooking method for that particular animal. I've come away with so many cooking tips, you wouldn't believe it!

Anyway, I'm sorry, I do digress.
So out of this shopping trip I got three wonderful rewards. A recipe for Fish baked in Salt, a compliment on my good Italian (she was a lovely fishmonger lol) and some juicy fresh clams.

I couldn't wait to get home and make them in Claudia's wonderful sauce.

Picture the scene.
My clams are resting nicely in salted water. My onions and garlic chopped.
I sit in front of my laptop, ready to take notes on the recipe when...shock, horror!
I forgot to save the link! And since it was not on her blog, there was no way I could trace it.
I googled it, believe me, many times.

What was I to do, not only did I crave clams madly, but the Italian folk had grown quite fond of the idea too, so I couldnt let them down.

Then I remembered that in Portugal they make Clams in a juicy Chorizo sauce.
Eureka, I had some gorgeous spicy salami in the fridge and that would do the trick.

I cant begin to tell you how much the Italian folk loved it, especially the kids. I was particularly impressed with I loveflavour Jr.. He had seconds, thirds, fourths (?), well you get the  idea!

So, in the end, I got two recipes. Claudia kindly re-sent me the link and I have saved it, believe me, and this one!
I do recommend you try both, they really are worth it.


A good chunk of butter *about 150gs
1 tbsp of Extra virgin Olive Oil
1 KG of fresh clams
6 slices of spicy salame sausage
1 large cup of white wine
1 tbsp of tomato paste
half a large chopped onion
2 large minced cloves of garlic
Chopped parsely


Pre soak your clams for 30  to 45 minutes in slightly salted water. It gets rid of any grit.
Melt  the butter in the olive oil.
Chop 3 slices of salame and fry them on a low heat for 2 minutes.
Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent.

Add the tomato paste and white wine.

At this point the steam from the wine was unbelievable so I coudn't take any pictures... How to deal with that?? Suggestions are most welcomed!'

Allow the alcohol  to evaporate and add your clams and the remaining sliced salame.

Mix it all well together.
Cover and let them steam in the juices for 10 to 15 minutes or they have all opened.
Make sure you stir from time to time.

Once cooked, add your chopped parsley and serve in large bowlfuls with some ciabatta, or fresh bread of your choice, to dip in the sauce.
So there you go. Thank you Claudia so much for the inspiration. Next time I will be making your yummy version!

                        Steamer Clam


  1. Ruth,
    This sounds delicious. There is a clam dish I used to order at Auberge du Soleil that had some sort of smoked pork but they took it off the menu... mon dieu! This recipe might be a good way for me to have that flavor at home. Cheers.

  2. Don't worry - I love your digressions! Fun recipe!

  3. I saw your link to your blog from the steamer clams page on Foodista. This is such a gorgeous photo! Perhaps I could twist your arm to have you upload it to Foodista! Regardless, really fantastic ideas here. Thanks! I do love mollusks!

  4. I LOVE clams! This recipe looks like a winner! I will have to try it.

  5. Beautiful! This looks like a delicious meal and makes me wish I had clams here right now. Gorgeous photos, too!

  6. terrific phot, and looks delicious love the clams and the presentation of this dish

  7. I would love shopping in one of those supermarkets. Canada is more like England frozen food and process food take the most space. For the fresh food you have to shop around the perimeter of the store (LOL).
    The salami sauce sounds amazing. Love the photos as well :)

  8. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments. Its such a simple recipe and yet the flavours just seem to go so well together.

    Melissa, I always intend on publishing on Foodista but I forget at times, and since you cant just copy and paste, I do get a bit lazy sometimes as well lol

  9. This sounds incredible with salami sauce, a wonderful dish!

  10. your great love how you are enjoying Italy this looks yummy love seafood

  11. Oh how gorgeous. I adapted from Marie from Proud Italian Cook. Yours looks better than mine (duh... you're in Italy). I want to shop in your supermarket!
    I left you an "appreciation" on my blog. Because I appreciate yours.

  12. Inspired. I will be in Sicily for a couple of months, going to the market, a six day a week, open air market, cooking and blogging. 'you have inspired me. Thanks

  13. Oh, my - this looks brilliant and I just need to run to my market to get some clams - the stores close by are mainly produce, so I see this meal for later this weekend Thanks for the inspiration, and thanks Claudia too!

  14. Great combination of flavors!Fantastic recipe for a dinner party.

  15. wow! I feel hungry, looks so delicious. I will try it to cook it later. :)

  16. Your dish sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  17. oh, wow, this picture looks like an art piece!
    looks super flavourful and delicious!